New MLB Replay Rules – 2014

Starting in the 2014 season, the MLB has extended the use of instant replay. The types of plays that will be subject to review are:

  • Home Run
  • Ground rule double
  • Fan interference
  • Stadium boundary calls – fielder falls into stands, ball goes into stands
  • Force play – except when at 2nd base on a double play (interesting!)
  • Tag play (oh boy, this could cause a number of delays)
  • Fair/foul – only in the outfield
  • Trap play – only in the outfield
  • Hit by pitch
  • Timing play – runner scoring before third out
  • Touching a base – only by appeal
  • Passing runners
  • Record keeping – ball/strike count, outs, score, subs

Well, there you have it. This is obviously very controversial and I know a number of fellow umpires that are on both sides of this debate. Where do you stand? – Let us know in the comments.

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